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[Essay Tip for Newcomers] What to write & What not to write in Mains IAS exam?

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This is what I learned from my seniors and toppers.

There are plenty of articles on internet on how to prepare the essay (=read

editorials daily etc.) I’m writing one about how to ‘actually’ write it inside

the exam hall.

In the Essay paper, they give you 4-5 essays and you’ve to

write only one. Time limit -3 hours, Max-marks=200.

In a 2 marker question, UPSC specifically mentions that answer it in 20 words. So with that logic, you’re expected to write an essay containing around 2000 words for the 200 marks.

Tip#1: Think for 30-45 minutes

Gandhi was born in Porbandar &

then He went to England…africa..come back…freedom struggle..Gandhi-Irwin..2nd

round table….partition…etc.

After 1 hour of writing, I realize that I forgot mention

about Champaran’s Indigo Struggle when Gandhi got actively involved in Indian Freedom struggle for the first time! Now I can’t add it. Because there is no space in initial pages. However I can still try to add it in the conclusion like

…in 1947 Gandhi won the fight he started with Champaran…”

But when Examiner doesn’t find the mention of Champaran in the initial pages, then he gets an impression you forgot it = less marks. Hence everything has to be written in its place.

That’s why you must…..

Think for 30-45 minutes before you start the Essay writing

You’ve 3 hours to write the essay. Don’t immediately start

  • 1st try to recall everything that you can remember / want to say about the

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